WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN references Newton’s first law of motion – the apple that went up will again plummet to the ground – emotional highs are followed by emotional lows. This specifically refers to the dramatic cycling of moods in mood disorders, but is relative to anyone who has ever encountered any form of mental illness.
Creativity has long been associated with mental instability– there is a historical clichéd link between madness and heightened creative capabilities or genius: the mad being the radical, imbalanced creators.
In actuality mental illness is not so romantic - It is a silent deadly disease that often remains untreated due to a lack of information, treatment and the fear of the stigma that comes with a diagnosis.
It is fundamentally difficult: it makes us lose control of ourselves, lose sight of our ambitions, treat others badly, hide away inside ourselves; it scares us to death and sometimes it makes us want to erase ourselves entirely.
That we survive is incredible - we are functioning members of society contributing greatly and atypically adding a splash of color to a monochromatic world. We know that this too shall pass and we know it better than most.
WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN is a celebration, a memorial, a shout in the dark, an open space sharing the intimate troubles of the mind – displaying how they hurt us but also how they are a part of us and what we can create out of them. It is not a celebration of madness – true insanity and the unbearable perils of the mind in pain is nothing to celebrate but surviving them certainly is.
We cope, we create, we excel, we fall down lower than low and emerge from it humbled, tender, bruised and climb up the ladder again. We are careful – we are foolish – we are fast, slow, anxious, depressed, medicated, stigmatized, moody, irrational, angry, frustrated, empathetic, and acutely aware of what it is to be human.